Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance
The 2012 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance will include major international names in automotive collecting and racing when the event returns for its 11th annual celebration October 26-November 4. Among those names are Frank and Milli Ricciardelli of Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, who have been selected to receive the first-ever Honored Collector title. This designation reflects appreciation for the loyalty the Ricciardellis have had to the Hilton Head Island Concours, the consistently high quality of automobiles they have presented, including their 1933 Rolls-Royce Coupe that took home the ‘Best in Show’ honor at the 2009 event, and their overall support of the car collector hobby. To celebrate this title, the Ricciardellis have chosen four automobiles that represent their collection and passion for the hobby. These include a 1926 Hispano Suiza Cabriolet H6B, a 1930 Cadillac V16 Convertible, a 1935 Duesenberg J-Dual Cowl Phaeton and a 1938 Jaguar SS Coupe, which will be on display at the Motoring Festival both Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4.
This year’s concours will also include participation from Bob Lutz, former Vice Chairman of General Motors as this year’s Honorary Chairman. Lutz joins a list of past Honorary Chairmen that includes names such as Nicola Bulgari, J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Bobby Rahal and Dennis Gage, last year’s Chairman. Lutz will be on hand during the Hilton Head Island portions of the 2012 Festival at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. In addition to an open-to-the-public Q&A session on-site during the event’s main attractions, the schedule also includes a special “Evening with Bob Lutz” at an exclusive dinner on that Saturday evening, November 3. Lutz will also participate in the Concours d’Elegance as a Guest Judge on Sunday, November 4. For more information visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com
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